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Quote of the Day: Simon Doonan Likes to Read About "Abject Misery"


And He Finds it in British Tabloids.

"I'm often looking for misery. I'm compelled to read stories of abject misery, of which there are no shortage in England. You read those stories on The Daily Mail about squalid violence and misery and domestic disputes and you realize it's just Dickens...Being raised in unusually dismal circumstances, and going to the public orphanage every day which was our day care when our parents went out to work. So I think I need to see representations of misery that I can think, 'Oh well, you know, you can survive that, and claw your way out of that and buy fluffy sweaters and live in Manhattan.'"

-Simon Doonan on what he looks for when reading the newspaper--and why--to The Atlantic.

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